Afternoon Tea at Barnsgate

Have you tried an Afternoon Tea at Barnsgate? Why not join us on our terrace?

Afternoon Tea is a famous British tradition known the world over. People stop to enjoy a pot of tea with cakes and sandwiches to tide them over from lunch time to dinner time. The tradition was actually started in the 19th century when the Duchess of Bedford realised she would always be hungry around 4 in the afternoon. So she would enjoy some bread with a pot of tea and a selection of cakes to see her through to her 8 o’clock meal. Soon after this became a habit, she began to invite guests over to join her for her afternoon selection and word spread across high society… Soon enough it became a habit for many! So it still continues today…

All across the country, different county’s boast their afternoon tea excellence. We’re guilty as charged at Barnsgate! We serve afternoon teas daily to our guests for them to enjoy on the terrace overlooking the South Downs. Everything is freshly homemade and couldn’t possibly leave you wanting for more (it is, however, part of the tradition to leave something from your selection but take that as you will!)

Pre-booking is essential when it comes to our Afternoon Teas as everything is made to order. Each costs £12 per person and consists of mixed fruit and plain mini-scones, jam and clotted cream, a selection of sandwiches and cocktail cakes as well as a pot of tea or coffee.

It is great fun and a wonderful, social tradition to enjoy an afternoon tea and we’re proud to be keeping that alive at Barnsgate. If you would like to book, please contact us at least a couple of days in advance through our contact page. My advice? Try it while the sun is still shining! The view of the South Downs is breathtaking at the moment so enjoy it on the terrace before winter comes racing around the corner!

Have you had an afternoon tea with us recently? We would love to hear your feedback!

Sources:

http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Afternoon-Tea/

Lemon & Herb Chicken Marinade Recipe

Chicken Drumsticks are an all time favourite for summer barbeques and parties. Why not try our marinade to add some zesty flavour to them?

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  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Purple Shiso (Optional for colour)

Making a marinade is a very simple, but worthwhile step to take when preparing drumsticks. You can either:

  1. Put the herbs and the garlic into a blender and add your lemon juice before blitzing it together.
  2. Finely chop your ingredients and put them in a bowl. Then add your lemon juice.

We use a small blender that makes light work of chopping our ingredients for ease and time.

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When you have your marinade, put your drumsticks in a large bowl altogether and add you marinade. You want to mix them well so each drumstick is coated in the mix.

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When you are satisfied that everything has been mixed well, cling-film the bowl and refrigerate your drumsticks for the night. Leaving them to sit will allow all the flavours to be absorbed into the drumsticks with time.

It is as simple as that. Take them out, cook them as you usually would and enjoy! Our drumsticks went down a treat with our guests who recently enjoyed a buffet with us. Of course you can mix and match flavours to whatever your preference would be. We have tried a chilli and ginger mix as well for those who enjoy a bit of heat. Let us know what marinades you have tried! We would love to know.

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To book your buffet with us, you can reach us on 01825 713366 or send us your details through our contact page.

 

Sweet or Savoury? A Wedding “Cheese”Cake

Take a look at the picture below… It’s a cake clearly, but it’s made out of cheese!

For many people, when it comes to deciding on a wedding cake, “sweet or savoury” never even comes into the equation. However, it would appear that there is a new trend on the rise for those with less of a sweet-tooth…

“Cheese-cakes” appear to be bursting onto the scene. If you are out for a meal and you choose to skip dessert and head straight for the Cheeseboard, why should your wedding be any different if cheese is what you love?

This particular cheese-cake was made up of Sussex Farmhouse, Sussex Blue, Sussex Brie, Organic Cheddar, Lord London and Mayfield Cheese’s and was garnished with physalis, figs, green and red grapes and some of our very own fresh, organic, grapevine leaves.

Alongside it was a blackboard that read:

“Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese, Who am I to Dis-a-Brie? I Cheddar the World and the Feta Cheese, Everybody’s looking for Stilton.

Please help yourselves to our cheeseboard!

-Tom & Jess”

It was a lot of fun and an interesting, unique alternative to the traditional wedding cake. It looked excellent! We hope that Tom and Jess had the most wonderful day yesterday and we wish them many happy and exciting years to come!

 

 

Strawberry Rose Meltaways and Rosewater Meringue Kisses – Two Great Treats as a Gift Idea

Try these two great treat recipes as a gift idea to your loved ones courtesy of Country Hill Cottage and Meadow Brown Bakery. They even come with a printable gift box!

Recently, I have very much enjoyed reading and sharing Country Hill Cottage’s (@CHCottage) tweets. They share beautifully creative recipes along with tips and tricks to become better at cooking, baking, cake decorating, flower arranging, crafting and more. I recently caught wind of their summer collaboration with Meadow Brown Bakery (@meadowbrownbake) for a Raspberry Rose inspired theme. The product of which were these two recipes I wanted to share with you. They make a great gift idea and they come with their very own free printable gift box! The link to which can be found here: http://chcotta.ge/bl0148

Strawberry Rose Meltaways

“Just as the name suggests, our strawberry rose meltaways have a delicate, melt-in-your mouth texture. These biscuits are made with dried rose petals, and filled with an airy strawberry and rosewater buttercream making them irresistible and full of flavour!” 

Materials
For the biscuits
230 g (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp rose water
125 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour plus some extra
110 g (1 cup) cornflour (cornstarch)
60 g (1/2 cup) powdered (icing/confectioner’s) sugar

For the buttercream
10 g freezed-dried strawberries
80 g unsalted butter, softened
120 g powdered sugar
1 – 2 tbsp rose water

For the decoration
60 g (2 oz) milk chocolate, melted
dried rose petals

Tools
kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
blender or food processor
handheld mixer with whisk attachments
large mixing bowls
large metal spoon
sieve
rubber spatula
clingfilm (plastic/saran wrap)
rolling pin
round cookie cutter (4 cm/ 1.5 in)
silicone or non-stick baking mat
baking tray (sheet)

Rosewater Meringue Kisses

“This is a collaboration video with the lovely ladies at Country Hill Cottage for their raspberry rose inspired theme. 

I will show you how to bake these pretty beautiful rosewater flavoured meringue cookies called meringue kisses. I sandwiched the Rosewater flavoured meringue kisses with rosewater flavoured Swiss meringue buttercream.”

Ingredients

  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons rosewater
  • pinch of salt
  • culinary rose petals (optional)
  • rose pink food colouring (optional)

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 95 Celsius and prepare 3 baking trays with baking paper and put them to one side
    Add you egg whites in a large bowl and start whisking them with a a hand whisk or electric whisk until soft peaks start to appear
  • Then add your sugar a tablespoon at a time and whisk well until sugar is well mixed and the meringue is nice and glossy
  • Finally add in your rosewater and salt and whisk
  • If you are using rose petals you can fold them in or reserve them to sprinkle on top of the meringues when piped.
  • Get a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle and use a paint brush to paint inside and then spoon your meringue mixture inside.
  • Start piping your meringues onto the prepared baking trays and then you will notice they have two colours. You can sprinkle some rose petals on top too if you wish.
  • Put them in the oven and bake for 1hour 30 minutes and then turn of the oven and leave them in there to cool completely.
  • When they are cooled, remove them from the oven and remove them from the baking paper and sandwich them with this Swiss meringue buttercream or leave them like that.
  • Only sandwich them when you want to eat them because they will go soft and chewy but they can stay hard for a few days without being sandwiched.
  • Serve sprinkled with rose petals (optional)

I highly recommend following both Country Hill Cottage and Meadow Brown Bakery on Twitter. They share great content every day and some stunning recipes. Let us know if you do have a go at either of these fantastic recipes!

 

Cajun Blackened Salmon – Tasty

Check out this wonderful recipe for Cajun Blackened Salmon with Avocado and Mango Salsa by the Tasty Youtube Channel!

Here is what you’ll need!

Cajun Blackened Salmon with Avocado and Mango Salsa
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
Cajun Spice Rub
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

4 salmon fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil

Avocado and Mango Salsa
2 avocados, diced
1 mango, diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1 red chilli, finely diced
25 grams, parsley
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice

PREPARATION
1. In a small bowl, combine all the Cajun spice rub ingredients and stir.
2. Place the salmon fillets on a cutting board and rub the olive oil over all sides of the salmon filets.
3. Sprinkle the spice rub over the salmon, using your hands to ensure all sides are covered.
4. Cook on a BBQ over a medium to high heat for 2 minutes per side. The outside should start to blacken and crisp, leaving the salmon juicy inside.
5. Once the salmon is cooked set aside.
6. To a large bowl, add all of the salsa ingredients and stir well.
7. Serve the salmon with an extra sprinkling of parsley alongside the salsa, and enjoy!
Credits: https://www.buzzfeed.com/bfmp/videos/…

For more brilliant recipes, the Proper Tasty Cookbook is available on amazon. With 144 pages of great tasting recipes, you are sure to find some inspiration for brilliant meals.

 

The Substitutes for Your Dietary Requirements You Might Not Know About

When you find out that you have a dietary requirement, you might well have made yourself a long, mental list of all the things you think you can and can’t eat… More often than not it’s a pretty miserable list but you might not have considered just how many substitutes have recently become available to replace those cravings of yours.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is caused when your immune system reacts to gluten and leads to damage in the lining of your gut. According to coeliac.org.uk, the only cure for Coeliac Disease is to remove gluten from your diet completely to allow the lining in your gut time to heal.

Gluten can be found in wheat, rye and barley… Which is not easy news to swallow! Suddenly you remember that gluten is in your sandwich, your cakes, beer and a whole host of other food and drink items that you used to enjoy.

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However! Light is just around the corner. There are a few products that substitute gluten products rather well. Four common flours can be used to replace wheat and gluten:

  • Rice flour.
  • Potato flour.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Tapioca starch.

Each have their different associated benefits but that quickly relieves the stress of “How am I going to bake my cakes now?”

With these substitutes known, supermarkets have quickly capitalised on the growing number of people who are following the gluten-free diet and you can find a number of your old favourites in the “free from” isle. Including gluten-free bread!

Even some beers have replaced the gluten in their brews with different cereals such as millet, rice, sorghum, buckwheat and corn. Check out the 10 best gluten-free beers as published by the Independent.

Dairy- Free

You may or may not have chosen to become dairy free. For some people, the proteins in dairy can cause bloating or eczema which would mean you have an allergy to dairy products. Others might choose to go dairy-free for a cause. Vegans choose to not eat dairy because of the cruel ways the vast majority of manufacturers of dairy products treat their animals.

So to be dairy free would mean to cut out cheese, milk, butter, ice-cream and chocolate surely…

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The first item that comes to mind when people mention a dairy free lifestyle is milk. Thankfully, you can also buy coconut, almond, soya and rice milk to replace your dairy milk. However, these options may not be to everyone’s tastes. Muufri is a company working on producing a synthetic milk from bio-engineered yeast that will taste exactly the same. You can find out more about their work from this article:

http://labiotech.eu/muufri-vegan-milk-synbio-startup/

(and to all those who want to see an end to animals as food, there is also work underway for synthetic meats also! Who could argue with that! See this FAQ from new-harvest.org)

Of course, with these alternatives it is possible to re-create an array of dairy-free foods. Check out www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes to find all your alternatives to dairy products.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong health condition that occurs when there isn’t enough insulin, or if the insulin in your body isn’t working properly to break down any glucose products you may have consumed (Type-2 diabetes). In some people, there is no insulin at all to help break down glucose (Type-1 diabetes). This can, in-turn, lead to very serious health problems due to the high blood-glucose levels. sweetener-main_A2RMR6

Glucose is a sugar that is found in many different food products including carbohydrates. You may know that sugar is a particularly (if not “most”) difficult product to remove from your diet. It’s also something that shouldn’t be removed from your diet. The key is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This article from Diabetes UK will help you decipher what and how to eat properly

That said, sweeteners are playing a big role in helping to keep blood sugar levels in check and can be substituted in the place of sugar in many of your recipes. There have been health concerns about sweeteners in relation to the stimulating effect on appetite which can be tied to weight-gain and obesity. But they have been approved as safe by the NHS and as an added benefit; xylitol, sorbitol and sucralose have health claims that are beneficial to oral health as opposed to sugar. You can find more information on the NHS Standpoint on Sweeteners here

Barnsgate Manor and Dietary Requirements

With prior warning of your dietary requirements and concerns, we take every measure to make sure we can find an appropriate substitute for your meal. We have gDSC_01luten-free rolls and scones, dairy-free cream and even a gluten and dairy free chocolate cake that has been receiving rave reviews recently! Having a dietary requirement doesn’t mean you have to cut out your favourite foods from your diet. It just means with careful planning and the right substitutes, you can enjoy them in a different and healthier way.

What do you substitute into your diet? Have any recipes you would like to share? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

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Grilled Corn 4 Ways – Tasty Channel

With this spout of great weather again, people will be rushing to the grill. Try out these 4 different ways to prepare grilled corn to impress your friends and family!

Source: Tasty Channel

Tired of the same old corn on the cob? well try one of our four favorite flavors this summer on the grill for your next BBQ!

Here is what you’ll need!

Grilled Corn 4 Ways
GARLIC PARMESAN GRILLED CORN

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup grated Parmesan

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Place the garlic and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until melted.
6. Brush the garlic butter on the corn.
7. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Cotija Chili Lime Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup Cotija cheese

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the lime juice and mayo together in a bowl, and spread or drizzle on the ears of corn.
6. Mix the chili powder and cayenne together, and sprinkle over the corn.
7. Top the corn with Cotija cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Sriracha Sesame Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
¼ cup scallions, sliced
1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha together, and then spread or drizzle onto the corn.
6. Sprinkle the corn with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
7. Enjoy!

Honey Herb Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chives, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
2 tablespoons thyme, minced

PREPARATION
1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Brush melted butter on the corn.
6. Drizzle the corn with honey.
7. Sprinkle the corn with a mixture of the chives, parsley, and thyme.
8. Enjoy!